Hawaiʻi Ranked Third Happiest State in US

September 12, 2017, 11:00 AM HST (Updated September 12, 2017, 1:58 PM)

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According to a new study assessing key indicators of happiness in the U.S., Hawaiʻi ranks third in the nation for 2017’s Happiest States in America.

The analysis, conducted by personal-finance website Wallethub, compared all 50 states using previously gathered research data indicating levels of happiness across three key areas: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment.


Conversely, Hawaiʻi placed No. 1 in the nation for the highest percentage of depressed adults among residents. The study also revealed the following data on Hawaiʻi’s happiness levels, according to specific categories (1 = happiest and 25 = average):

  • 16th – Suicide Rate
  • 19th – Long-Term Unemployment Rate
  • 5th – Separation and Divorce Rate
  • 28th – Income Growth
  • 10th – Safety

Source: WalletHub

According to WalletHub, previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all crucial factors in leading a well-balanced and fulfilled life.



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